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R4 Million Frankel Debut Today

Tricky Bipot opener for Kenilworth

Likely to be one of the most interesting horses racing this week, the 2018 CTS Premier Yearling Sale chart topper General Franco makes his debut at Kenilworth today.

The R4 million Frankel colt was bought by leading bloodstock consultant John Freeman and  is trained by Justin Snaith.

He runs  in the familiar black and white silks of Jack Mitchell.

General Franco as a yearling

His Dam Pale Moon Rising is Irish bred, and has already produced a couple of winners in the UK – both by Galileo. She also has a weanling by What A Winter.

“He’s a lovely horse, and has matured beautifully. Richard will give him a chance, and we’re hoping for a positive run. But he will obviously be better over further” trainer Justin Snaith told Tabnews on Friday morning.

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There are a few other well-bred youngsters in the first race (13h30) and these include Mike Robinson’s Elusive Fort colt, Macheath.

That’s a recycled name from the seventies of a Royal Affair speedster trainer by Alec Soteriadis.

Race-1 (Turf) R80 000 1000m 13:30 Ref-437
1st R50000, 2nd R16000, 3rd R8000, 4th R4000, 5th R2000
ITSARUSH.CO.ZA WELCOMES YOU MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE
For Maiden 2 year-olds
1 8 All Black 60 0 A O Noach Joey Ramsden
2 6 Chaac 60 0 A A Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
3 1 Dimitri 60 0 A G Cheyne Adam Marcus
4 9 Fighter 60 0 A D Ashby Paul Reeves
5 11 General Franco 60 0 A R Fourie Justin Snaith
6 4 Jean’s Man 60 0 A C Orffer Bill Prestage
7 2 Macheath 60 0 A L Mxothwa Michael Robinson
8 7 Rising Moon 60 0 A G Behr Piet Steyn
9 10 Shinnecock 60 0 A B Fayd’Herbe Justin Snaith
10 3 Stormin Norman 60 0 A S Khumalo Joey Ramsden
11 5 Three Two Charlie 60 0 A K de Melo Candice Bass-Robinson
12 12 Time For Launch 60 0 A *L Burke -4.0 Dan Katz
Same Trainer – Not Coupled on Tote
(1,10) (2,11) (5,9)

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6 comments on “R4 Million Frankel Debut Today

  1. Pops says:

    The biggest gamble in horse racing is not when betting on that “good thing’ its when you buy a race horse.

  2. Deezo says:

    Its a proven fact that genes of a champion do not necessarily breed champions. The 4 bar price tag is just for blacktype . Punters sometimes get over zealous when they think the price tag will determine the outcome of the race . Only the trainer will honestly know the true potential of the horse.

  3. muninathan kistnasamy says:

    Well said Deezo.
    Interesting to note the comments of Justin.
    He is the most transparent of the trainers.

  4. Tomspur says:

    Wasn’t there a sprinter trained by buddy maroon called general franco, not too long ago??

  5. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    General Franco was a sprint/miler with ability Northern Guest x Spanish Treaty and was raced by Andre and Joyce Macdonald…. he lost his form and was sold for 25k to Sandy Fletcher and mates – sadly never regained his form with Dennis Bosch

  6. Steve Reid says:

    Yes owned by Mr Mac

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